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Joelle Raynes

Joelle Raynes

Salt Lake City, Utah

Joelle Raynes's Passions

Paddling
Running
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Joelle Raynes's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro.

Here is some information about me. I moved to SLC from West Virginia in summer 2009. Moved here to experiencing the "world's best snow" and found much much more! I am overwhelmed with the climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and backpacking this state has to offer! In the winter time, I am hunting for the white stuff, I typically ride Brighton resort and slack-country. Looking forward to my first split board season this coming winter! In the summer time, I enjoy anything outdoors, you can usually find me backpacking in the Uintas every weekend!


I’d love to answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me;
800.409.4502 ext 4315
jraynes@backcountry.com


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Joelle Raynes

Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

4 5

I really love all the Patagonia Nine Trails products, I love the soft, fast drying material and the true to size fit of these products. I'm 100 pounds and 5'2 in height and I purchased the XS small. The sizing is perfect so I defiantly think this product runs true to size. I've worn and washed these shorts over + over again, the durability seems very promising! So far, I'm really happy with this purchase. If you like the nine trail shorts, be sure to check out the skort version!

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

This water bottle is your typically plastic bottle. What's really nice about this bottle is the Competitive Cyclist logo and that you are able to freeze this bottle. I love the freeze feature on those really hot summer days. I've had this bottle for a long time and I haven't had any leaking issues, it still works great and is a go for my biking hydration!

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

I purchased these Vans Shady Lane sunnies as a backup pair in my car. I'm so glad I made these purchase, they have came in handy so many times. These fit great to my petite face shape and are super adorable on the face. I love the colors of the sunnies, they are nice, bright and bold! I've dropped these sunnies multiple times on the gravel and pavement and still I haven't seen any scratches on the lens yet. Overall, it was a great purchase!!

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

The size of this purse is really why I love it, it fits everything I need for the day. The main compartment is big enough to hold a large wallet and a few other small items. There is also a small zipped pocket in the main compartment of the purse. There is a slit compartment of the purse when you open the flap, I love this little slit pocket for my iphone! I've had this purse for 4 months and my only complaint is that the faux leather is starting to fray and peel near the closer of the purse. It's okay now since it's just a small section which isn't noticeable when the flap of the purse is closed. Overall, I'm stoked on this purchase! It's been a great purse for everyday and the price is super affordable!

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

This Hello Apparel baby piece is my favorite gifts for all the little ones in my life. Besides being the most adorable pattern in the world, Hello Apparel prints on American Apparel so the fabric is incredibly soft and durable. Little ones melt my heart especially when they are wearing this cute short sleeve T-shirt. Sizing is true to size based on feedback I've received from moms. Most moms told me they actually loved the shirt so much they had their kiddos wearing them before they truly fit into the shirt, they would just tie a knot in the shirt to adjust. The moms also reported that the durability of this shirt was awesome, it held up lots of messes and washes. Great buy for any kiddo!

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

This Hello Apparel baby piece is my favorite gifts for all the little ones in my life. Besides being the most adorable pattern in the world, Hello Apparel prints on American Apparel so the fabric is incredibly soft and durable. Little ones melt my heart especially when they are wearing this lovely one piece!

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

I love this basic, classic black Free People tank top. It's perfect for any summer day!

Sizing - I purchased the XS size in this tank and love the fit. I'm 100 pounds and 5'2 in height, the top is flowy and relaxed but very flattering. The length of this tank is long and sits right below my hips.

Design - I love the cut of this top, the side cuts aren't super deep which makes it easy to wear a normal bra but I'd suggest to wear a comfy cloth bra with this tank just to keep things comfortable! The tank has a little texture to it, it's ribbed which makes the tank a little more classy in my opinion!

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

I absolutely love these jeans. It's so hard to come across a pair of jeans that fit well, look good, and last more then a few washes.

Design - I love the cut and shape of these Free People jeans. The hybird of materials gives the jeans a super soft feel. I often find jeans to stretch out over the day's time but these jeans keep their shape all day long yet provide a lot of stretch.

Sizing - I am 5'2 and 100 pounds, I normaly wear size 0 in jeans. I purchased the size 25 and the fit is flattering. The length is a little long for my short legs but I just roll them up once and it's all good.

Quality - I've worn these jeans sooo many times since I've purchased and they've held up really well. They are not discolored at all and I haven't any frays. I believe these will be a favorite for a long time.

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

This shoes are my go to in the mornings. Once these vans were in my closet, they quickly became my favorite!

Sizing - Vans are known for running a size big but I purchased these in my regular shoe size 6 and they fit perfect with socks. If wear really thin socks or none at all, I will have a tiny bit of wiggle room in my toes which doesn't bother me.

Style - These classics go with so many different styles. They look pretty awesome with any outfit.

Quality - These vans are cushy and super comfortable. Vans quality is top notch and will last many, many miles. I really admire how simple it is to clean you vans if they get dirty. These shoes are literally perfect for everyday.

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

This dress is one of my favorite office dresses, there are so many ways to wear this dress. I've paired it with a brown braided belt and brown saltwater sandals. I've also worn my Joules Welly boots with this dress on the few cloudy rainy days SLC experienced this summer. However, my favorite way to wear this dress is pretty simple.. just the adorable dress and my classic vans!

Design - The biggest reason I bought this dress was due to the strips and colors, I love color combination. The style of this dress is so charming!

Quality - I've worn this dress probably 10 times this summer and know that it will be in my closet for a long time. The cotton fabric is thick and is very durable, the dress has held it's shape after many washes. The dress is soft and very breathable!

Fit - I'm 5'2 and 100 pounds, I purchased the size 2. The fit for my petite shape is not form fitting or tight, it's more relaxed. I don't feel like the dress is too big, I enjoy the comfortable fit.

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on July 29, 2015

Best suit ever.
5 5

Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 100 lbs
Size Purchased: X-Small

This Seea suit motivates me to go paddling boarding, I'm so in love with the design, color, fit and function that I want to wear this piece all the time!

Design - This piece is pretty! The design is a simple retro print and has a fun vintage flair to it. Seea is definitely the most fashionable swimwear I've came across, all their pattern combos are beautiful and different.

Color - The colors on the suit are vibrant and bold, like you can see in the photos. I've washed this suit multiple times now and the colors are holding up very strong.

Fit - I purchased the XS and do agree that the fit of this suit runs a little small. This suit has a very fun flattering cut and fits tight against my skin but doesn't feel restricting. I've worn this suit all day and was perfectly comfortable.

Function - I purchased this suit for paddling early mornings or late evenings when the weather is chilly and it's worked perfectly for me. The fabric is super soft and also thick, keeps me warm. This suit feels extremely durable and seems like it will last for years to come.

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love this Coal beanie, I have the Burgendy color and I really like the light pink dots. This is a thick beanie making it super cozy. It's perfect for being outside when the temps are low. I found that I don't like wearing to work or indoors cause its so thick and gets too warm. I found that when I first got the beanie, that it was itchy. I threw it in the washer and that really helped take the itchy-ness away. After washing the beanie, it held shape and you couldn't even tell I had washed it. Definitely a great purchase!

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on March 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

This TNF Half Dome Pullover Hoodie is a perfect spring choice. The colors are so pretty! I wouldn't call the fit regular, it's a fitted cut. Very flattering shape. Normally I would get a XS, I sized up to Sm and still have that fitted shape. If you want a relaxed/baggy pullover than this is not a great choice. (My fav baggy pull over is the Burton Classic Moutain Recycled Hoodie) Very soft material in the inside keeps you warm. Material holds up after multiple washings. I got my first Half dome over two years ago and it's still my go to pullover. Hand kanagroo pocket is perfect for chilly fingers! This hoodie makes a killer gift for any lady!

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Joelle Rayneswrote a review of on March 7, 2014

Super FUN Board!
5 5

I am in love with my nugget, my favorite days on the nug consist of a lovely resort with 6-10 fluffy fresh pow! This board has really helped me get comfortable riding switch, the small twin shape really helps! The small shape really makes this board fun, it spins super easy! This board is perfect to learn switch/spins/tricks on then once you have the movement down, try on your normal sized board! This board does have a little loose feel to it but the float is amazing! It has a Flat Top profile, which blends a loose feel and tons of float with enough stability to charge just about anything. The sidecuts are nice especially if you do hit a crusty spot.

GUESS WHAT?! The board smells like fresh pine trees! I'm not kidding, this board is scratch and sniff! I have been shredding this board all season and pine smell still sticks to the board!

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